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Democracy Now! Wednesday, January 7, 2004


Published January 7, 2004


Headlines
Bush To Give Amnesty to Undocumented Workers
Federal Court Upholds Texas Redistricting
US to Release 500 Iraqi Prisoners
Army Oks Halliburton Fuel Pricing
Syria & Turkey Oppose Autonomous Kurdish Iraq
State Dept. To Hold Conference On USS Liberty Attack
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State Secret: Why Are Uninsured Patients Paying The Highest Prices For Hospital Care?
Inequality in the U.S. medical billing system leaves the uninsured paying far more for medical care than those with insurance. We speak with a patient who was uninsured when she received an emergency appendectomy and was charged five times higher than what Medicaid would have paid and others including the Legal Aid Societys Elisabeth Benjamin author of the report, State Secret which finds New York City hospitals arent informing patients about available state government charity funds.

Are Debtor Prisons Returning To America?
Hospitals hound uninsured patients for bill payments and now rank among Americas most aggressive debt-collectors using one of the harshest and least-known collections tactics of all: seeking the arrest of no-show debtors. We speak with Jim Bean who was jailed in Illinois in part because he failed to pay a hospital bill and we hear from the CFO of the hospital that sought his arrest as well as a member of a grass roots citizen action organization in Illinois.


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